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ThursdayDecember 20, 2012

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Pacific Rubiales Reaches Daily Production Goal of 280,000 Barrels in Colombia

Pacific Rubiales Reaches Daily Production Goal of 280,000 Barrels in Colombia

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Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales Energy said Wednesday it has reached its 2012 production target of 280,000-285,000 barrels of crude per day in Colombia despite licensing delays.

The oil company said in a statement that it also has achieved its goal of drilling 58 exploration wells in the Andean nation this year.

“I am thrilled by this year’s progress, in all aspects of the company. Despite a challenging first eight months of the year during which our production growth was constrained by environmental and development permit delays outside of our control, I am very pleased by our subsequent strong production growth,” CEO Ronald Pantin said.

The Canadian company’s operations in Colombia are concentrated in the Rubiales and Quifa fields, located in the central-eastern province of Meta.

The oil firm said it extracted an average of more than 200,000 barrels of crude per day from its Rubiales field this year.

Colombia is Latin America’s fourth-biggest oil producer after Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil.

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Rafael Nadal WILL Play in 2013 Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal WILL Play in 2013 Barcelona Open

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Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since last summer, will play in the Barcelona Open, which will take place April 20-28, 2013, in the northeastern Spanish city, organizers said Thursday.

The decision is good news for the tournament since Nadal is one of the big draws on the tour and a huge sports hero in Barcelona.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion began the summer on a high note by capturing a record 7th French Open title with a victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final, but he has not played since a shocking second-round loss at Wimbledon.

Nadal told Efe in August that he was suffering from a knee ailment known as Hoffa’s syndrome, which is also known as fat pad impingement and involves pain and swelling around the bottom and under the kneecap.

The Spaniard, known for his physically demanding style of play and incredible defensive skills, has struggled to stay healthy during his career, having been forced to withdraw from each of the four Grand Slam events due to various injuries.

Nadal recently announced that he will return to action at the exhibition in Abu Dhabi, an event that starts on Dec. 27.

The tennis star is the defending champion at the Barcelona Open and also won the event in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

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Brand Spain Shares Spanish Culture with the World

The high commissioner for Brand Spain presented on Thursday a Web site that aims to show the best of the Iberian nation in every aspect of life.

The Web site - www.marca-españa.es or www.marca-españa.com - will be “a fundamental instrument” for promoting the image of Spain both at home and abroad, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros said at an event in Madrid.

The Brand Spain site, according to the high commissioner, is a “project of the country and not that of a particular administration or political party.”

Besides its own content, the site includes nearly 1,000 links to firms and organizations, he said.

The site will initially be available in Spanish and English and Brand Spain hopes to add other languages, including French, Chinese and German, Espinosa de los Monteros said.

The Web site has a section, “Spain Today,” offering the latest releases from the Office of Diplomatic Information and news stories from Agencia Efe, Brand Spain deputy director Juan Carlos Gafo said.

There are also separate sections for “Economy and Business,” education, culture and sports, as well as information about Spain’s history and institutions.

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Traveling During the Holidays? “Know Before You Go”

Traveling During the Holidays? “Know Before You Go”

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With the holiday travel season upon us, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers that there are several important things they can do to ensure smooth and efficient processing upon arrival in the U.S.

Travelers should remember to have the proper documentation to enter the U.S., a passport for all air travelers, and a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant document for travelers 16 years and older if entering the U.S. by land or sea. Additionally, those travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries should remember that they must apply for a new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) every two years, or if they have been issued a new passport.

For frequent international travelers, the CBP Global Entry program offers expedited clearance at airports for pre-approved, low risk travelers. As of this week, more than 500,000 travelers have now enrolled directly in Global Entry, while 1.3 million travelers receive the benefits of Global Entry by being enrolled in one of the other CBP trusted traveler programs. U.S. citizen trusted travelers and Canadian citizens enrolled in NEXUS also receive the benefit of being eligible to participate in TSA’s PreCheck program when flying domestically.

Because many travelers like to celebrate the holidays with festive foods and beverages, CBP reminds travelers to check ahead of time to ensure any agriculture or animal products they are bringing with them are admissible into the U.S. Every year, CBP intercepts more than 54,000 prohibited agriculture items at ports of entry, nearly 150 every day.

Travelers are also urged to check the CBP website to familiarize themselves with the duty exemptions when traveling with goods, especially if transporting gifts or alcoholic beverages around the holidays. Typically U.S. citizens and residents are allowed $800 worth of goods and one liter of alcohol duty-free. For more information visit CBP.gov/travel. ( Travel )

Travel Checklist

  - Have all the required travel documents for the country you are visiting, as well as approved and valid identification for re-entry to the United States. Passports are required for air travel. Visit travel.state.gov for country-specific information ( travel.state.gov )

  - For citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries, make sure that you have an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding. For those traveling on a visa, have a completed I-94 form when approaching CBP processing.

  - Have a completed Customs Declaration form (6059b) upon reaching CBP processing. Declare everything you are bringing from abroad, even if you bought it in a duty-free shop. Know that things bought abroad for personal use or as gifts may be eligible for duty exemptions. If you are bringing them back for resale, they are not.

  - Know the difference between prohibited merchandise (which is forbidden by law to enter the U.S.) and restricted merchandise (items needing special permit to be allowed into the U.S.). For more information, please visit the Restricted/Prohibited section of the CBP website. ( Restricted/Prohibited )

  - Do not attempt to bring fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products and/or firewood into the United States without first checking whether they are permitted. For more information, please visit the Bringing Agricultural Products Into the United States section of the CBP website. ( Bringing Agricultural Products Into the United States )

  - Build additional time into trips during busy travel seasons and understand that CBP must conduct a thorough inspection of the nearly one million travelers entering the country each day.

  - Understand that CBP officers can inspect you and your personal belongings without a warrant. This may include your luggage, vehicle, and personal searches and is meant to enforce our laws as well as protect legitimate travelers.

  - Monitor border wait times for various ports of entry. ( BWT ) Travelers are encouraged to plan their trips during periods of lighter traffic or to use an alternate, less heavily traveled port of entry. For more information, travelers can find up to date wait time information on the CBP website.

  - If you are a frequent international traveler and haven’t already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign up now. For more information, please visit the Trusted Traveler section of the CBP website. ( Trusted Traveler )

  - Familiarize yourself with the “Know Before You Go” section of CBP.gov. ( CBP.gov )

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Mexsat System Satellite Successfully Sent into Orbit

Mexsat System Satellite Successfully Sent into Orbit

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The French company Arianespace on Wednesday successfully fired into orbit Mexico’s Bicentenario satellite, the first in the Mexsat system, according to images broadcast live by the Mexican government.

The satellite was launched into space from the Kourou space center in French Guiana at 6:50 p.m. (2150 GMT).

The Bicentenario satellite will be maneuvered into a stationary orbit some 36,000 kilometers (about 22,000 miles) above the Earth and will be used to handle civilian transmissions by the Mexican government.

The communications satellite was manufactured by the U.S. firm Orbital Sciences Corporation and weighs 2.9 tons. It is projected to have a useful life in orbit of 22 years and will be controlled by Mexican technicians at the Iztapalapa control center in Mexico City and from Hermosillo, the capital of the northern state of Sonora.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday said that the satellite, the first of three comprising the Mexsat system, is the first the country has placed in orbit since 1994, and he called it “the most important communications project in the history of ... Mexico.”

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Immigration News:  California Jails May Limit Immigration Holds to Convicts Only

Immigration News:  California Jails May Limit Immigration Holds to Convicts Only

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In the next year, many of California’s local jails might limit federal immigration “holds” to detainees with felony convictions, greatly reducing the number of people deported from the state solely for entering the country without permission.

Gov. Jerry Brown met with leaders from the California State Sheriffs’ Association last week to discuss ways to give city police and county sheriff’s departments discretion on immigration enforcement.

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern said he recommended legislation to amend state Penal Code 834b. The code mandates that law enforcement cooperate with federal agents “regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.”

Brown informed the sheriffs association that his office is working on draft legislation to that effect, Ahern said.

At issue is how local law enforcement should participate in Secure Communities, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement program operating in most of the state.

The program checks detainees’ residency status using fingerprint data collected from county jails. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can then place a hold on those found to be in the country illegally. Federal officials have cast the effort as critical to finding and deporting unauthorized immigrants who are dangerous criminals.

However, Secure Communities frequently has snared detainees with no criminal histories.

Read more at Ryan Gabrielson for California Watch →

Spain’s Air Europa Expands Service to Havana, Cuba

Spain’s Air Europa Expands Service to Havana, Cuba

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Spanish airline Air Europa said Thursday it will add three new weekly round-trip flights between Madrid and Havana starting April 1.

The announcement comes two weeks after another Spanish airline, Iberia, said it would end its long-haul service to Santo Domingo and the Cuban capital beginning that same date as part of a restructuring plan aimed at eliminating the most loss-making routes.

Air Europa currently operates one flight daily between the Madrid-Barajas airport and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. Beginning April 1, the airline will expand that service by operating an additional round-trip flight on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The route will be operated using an Airbus 330-200 with seating for 299 passengers, 24 of them in business class.

Air Europa said it also has reached an agreement with the Dominican government to double its connections with the country’s different airports starting April 1, when Iberia will stop operating flights to that destination.

Under the accord, Air Europa will double its flights to Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport from seven to 14 weekly frequencies and increase its weekly flights to Punta Cana - the Dominican Republic’s premier tourist destination - from four to seven.

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Spanish Woman Responsible for Botched Fresco of Christ Sells Other Works on eBay

Spanish Woman Responsible for Botched Fresco of Christ Sells Other Works on eBay

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The elderly Spanish amateur artist who made news worldwide for the failed restoration of a Christ painting is now selling other works on eBay.

The botched restoration of an oil painting titled “Ecce Homo” (“Behold the Man”) done by 80-year-old Celia Gimenez went viral as all around the world, people gasped at the complete lack of resemblance to the original art work. It became so famous, Saturday Night Live spoofed it, and the “restoration” became known as the “Ecce Mono” (“Behold the Monkey”).

Now, Gimenez is selling some of her other pieces, with one titled “Las Bodegas de Borja” selling for €1,080 ($1,421) on eBay.

When asked about her most famous “work of art” Gimenez remains unappologetic and says she did it for her church, which owned “Ecce Homo”.

Gimenez said the proceeds from her eBay auctions will go to Caritas, a Catholic charity organization.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona Learn Their Opponents for Knockout Phase

Real Madrid, Barcelona Learn Their Opponents for Knockout Phase

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FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Malaga will square off against AC Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Porto, respectively, in the Champions League round of 16, whose draw was held on Thursday at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Group G winners Barcelona and top Group C club Malaga have the theoretical advantage of playing the second leg at home.

Real Madrid and Valencia finished second in the round-robin phase and will host the first leg of their matchups before going on the road for the second leg.

The first-leg matches of the knockout phase will be played Feb. 12-13 and 19-20, while the second-leg matches will take place March 5-6 and 12-13.

The knockout stage of the tourney will feature marquee match-ups between Europe’s most storied teams, including AC Milan vs. Barcelona, Real Madrid vs. Manchester United, Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich and Celtic vs. Juventus.

Turkey’s Galatasaray and Schalke 04 will be pitted in a low-key contest, while soccer purists have their eye on the pairing of Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk and Germany’s Borussia Dortmund due to both teams’ attractive style of play.

AC Milan has improved after a slow start this season but must find consistency to challenge Barcelona, the big favorite to succeed Chelsea as European champs.

Real Madrid vs. United might be the most-anticipated match-up since both teams are considered prime contenders to reach the Champions League final, scheduled for May 25 at Wembley Stadium in London.

Valencia will be up against big-spending PSG, which won Group A thanks in large part to the play of their top recent acquisition, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Malaga was one of the big surprises of the round-robin phase. In its first-ever Champions League appearance, the club not only reached the knockout phase but beat out AC Milan to take the top spot in its group.

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Mexican Archaeologists Discover 1,200 Year-Old Zapotec Tomb

Mexican Archaeologists Discover 1,200 Year-Old Zapotec Tomb

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Mexican archaeologists have discovered a roughly 1,200-year-old tomb at the Zapotec site of Atzompa, a find that shows the city’s central complex not only had a civic-ceremonial area but also a residential section.

The discovery in the southern state of Oaxaca was made during work to preserve the remains of what the experts believe was a home inhabited between A.D. 750-900, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said in a statement.

The tomb, which contained the skeletal remains of two adults, is the fourth to be discovered in that satellite city of Monte Alban. In early 2012, a funerary complex consisting of three tombs was found inside a building in the elite sector of Atzompa.

Archaeologist Laura Mendoza Escobar, who coordinated the work at the site, said the tomb - as per the ancient Zapotec Indian funerary pattern - was found beneath the floor of what had been the main room of the residence.

She said the residence is located in an area of Atzompa where habitational spaces had previously been detected, but without the presence of a tomb.

Mendoza said the discovery leads her team to believe the occupants of the dwelling were part of a medium social strata at the service of the ruling group, making this burial site the first of its kind found at the archaeological site.

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TripAdvisor Survey: Cancun is Friendliest Tourist City

TripAdvisor Survey: Cancun is Friendliest Tourist City

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TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced the results of its Cities Survey, a look into how travelers and locals view 40 key tourist cities around the world. The results were compiled based on more than 75,000 responses to a survey sent to those who have recently written TripAdvisor reviews on the featured cities.

Cancun, Mexico was named the friendliest city, followed by Tokyo, Japan and Lisbon, Portugal.

Cancun also came it second for having the friendliest taxi drivers.

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Mexican Marines Apprehend 20 Suspects Carrying 4,000 Rounds of Ammunition

Mexican Marines Apprehend 20 Suspects Carrying 4,000 Rounds of Ammunition

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Marines detained 20 suspected criminals in three separate operations in Saltillo, the capital of the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, and seized rifles, ammunition clips and ammunition, the Navy Secretariat said.

The suspects were arrested on Tuesday during operations in the Loma Linda and Mirasierra sections of Saltillo, the secretariat said.

Marines seized 10 rifles, 88 ammunition clips, 3,948 rounds of ammunition, four vehicles and communications equipment in the operations, the secretariat said.

The suspects were handed over to the prosecutor’s office in Saltillo.

Coahuila’s capital has been at the center of a turf war among the Los Zetas, Gulf and Sinaloa drug cartels in recent years, leading to a spike in violence in the city.

Army troops, marines and Federal Police officers have been deployed in Saltillo in an effort to restore order.

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U.S. Frees Alejandrina Guzmán Salazar, Daughter of El Chapo

U.S. Frees Alejandrina Guzmán Salazar, Daughter of El Chapo

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Alejandrina Guzmán Salazar, alleged daughter of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was released by the U.S. government on charges of possession of false documents, reports her lawyer Guadalupe Valencia.

The daughter of Chapo, accompanied by her lawyers and Jan E Guadalupe Valencia Ronis, heard her sentence: “time served”, i.e. the almost three months that turned the arrest were sufficient to serve his sentence.

“Already released, was facing two years as we all know, but we were able to negotiate a deal, we come to this negotiation and we obtained her freedom,” the defense said.

Authorities consulted reported that Alejandrina Guzmán Salazar would be deported by immigration authorities at the border in Tijuana, Baja California.

Giselle Alejandrina Guzman Salazar is 31 years old and already almost nine months pregnant.

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Camilla Belle and Tim Tebow Call It Quits – That Was Quick

Camilla Belle and Tim Tebow Call It Quits – That Was Quick

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It was just this past November that we found out the actress Camilla Belle was dating New York Jets QB Tim Tebow.  Belle and the unhappy but pious QB have apparently called it quits.

Belle, 26, was raised by a Brazilian-born mother and American father in a strict Catholic household, which likely worked well for Tebow considering his much talked-about Christian views.

Belle’s other high profile relationship was with Joe Jonas, they broke up in 2009. 

Belle has been busy with different projects including the humorous Latino version of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ titled ‘From Prada to Nada’.  She was also recently seen in 2011’s Breakaway and has had roles in 10,000 BC and When a Stranger Calls.  She also made it on AskMen’s 2012 list of ‘Most Desirable Women’

This is definitely not Tebow’s best week.  Jet’s coach Rex Ryan benched starting QB Mark Sanchez and opted for Greg McElroy instead of Tebow.  Prior to being traded to the Jets earlier this year, Tebow played for the Denver Broncos.

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Latin America News:  Brazil’s Petrobras Finds Oil Reserve in Colombia

Latin America News:  Brazil’s Petrobras Finds Oil Reserve in Colombia

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State-controlled oil giant Petrobras said it found oil in a well in the upper basin of the Magdalena River in Colombia’s Tolima province.

Reserves have been confirmed at the Guando SW 1 well, which has a depth of 1,576 meters (5,167 feet), Petrobras said in a statement.

Initial tests confirmed that the crude has a quality of 23.9 degrees on the American Petroleum Institute, or API, scale and the well has the potential to produce 500 barrels per day (bpd) of crude, Petrobras said.

The work being done at the Guando well is part of the project at the Boqueron block, which is operated by Petrobras and is in the production stage, the oil company said.

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Many Mourn Death of Latin Superstar Jenni Rivera in Los Angeles

Many Mourn Death of Latin Superstar Jenni Rivera in Los Angeles

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In an emotional public memorial service on Wednesday, friends and family bade farewell to Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

The family referred to the service broadcast live by Telemundo - although the funeral itself was slated to be private - as a “Celestial Graduation” and it was led by Rev. Pedro Rivera Jr., the singer’s brother.

A red casket with white butterflies was placed in the middle of the stage on a bed of white roses, while images from the popular singer’s life - photographs and video clips from concerts and interviews - were shown on gigantic screens.

Numerous members of the singer’s family were present, all dressed in white, except for her mother, Rosa Rivera, who wore a red dress, and the ceremony was accompanied by mariachi music because, although Jenni Rivera was born in Long Beach, California, she said she was “proudly Mexican.”

Among those attending the service were figures such as Marco Antonio Solis, Ana Gabriel, Joan Sebastian, Olga Tañon and Kate del Castillo, along with the singer’s parents, siblings and five children.

Rivera’s remains had been at a funeral home in Long Beach since last Friday.

The 43-year-old singer and six other people were killed on Dec. 9 in the crash of a Learjet in northern Mexico.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Rivera was at the peak of her career and had millions of fans.

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Monday Night’s Loss Sends Mark Sanchez to the Bench

Monday Night’s Loss Sends Mark Sanchez to the Bench

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Quarterback Mark Sanchez has been benched after the New York Jets’ most recent defeat, a loss on Monday Night Football that eliminated them from playoff contention.

Head coach Rex Ryan, who also finds himself on the hot seat, decided to bench Sanchez after he threw four interceptions and just one touchdown in the Jets’ 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

According to the New York Daily News, the Jets will hand the ball over to Greg McElroy for the team’s Week 16 game against the San Diego Chargers.

That decision means that Tim Tebow, supposedly the Jets’ No. 2 quarterback all season, has been overlooked for the job.

Tebow, who captured national headlines last season by helping guide the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and a surprising Wild Card victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, has played very sparingly in 2012.

In his short tenure as a member of the New York Jets, he has completed just 6-of-8 passes for 39 yards and rushed for 102 yards on 32 attempts.

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BLOG DEL NARCO: Durango, Mexico Prison Riot Death Toll Rises to 24

BLOG DEL NARCO: Durango, Mexico Prison Riot Death Toll Rises to 24

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The death toll from the prison riot and escape attempt earlier this week at the penitentiary in Gomez Palacio, a city in the northern Mexican state of Durango, has risen to 24, officials said.

A total of 15 inmates and nine guards died in the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, Durango Public Safety Secretary Jesus Antonio Rosso said.

Four other inmates and two guards are listed in serious condition, Rosso said, adding that the death toll could rise.

Autopsies found that only two of the guards were shot dead, with the rest being killed with “blunt objects,” Rosso said.

The more than 500 inmates at the Gomez Palacio prison have been transferred to other facilities so modifications can be made to the penitentiary, where 78 inmates have died in the past three years, Rosso said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto ordered Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong earlier this week to “take measures to ensure control of the penitentiary system so that its policies will allow for the return to society of inmates.”

Mexico’s 419 penitentiaries have the capacity to hold 188,167 inmates, but they are currently housing 237,580 prisoners.

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Spain’s Looking to Brew Estrella Galicia Beer in Brazil

Spain’s Looking to Brew Estrella Galicia Beer in Brazil

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Brewer Hijos de Rivera is studying the possibility of producing its Estrella Galicia beer in Brazil, a move that would mark the first time that the beverage is made outside the firm’s brewery in the northwestern Spanish city of La Coruña, executives said Wednesday.

The plan being discussed calls for leasing a brewery in Brazil in an effort to sell the brand in the South American country and gain a 1 percent share of the market, company executive Ignacio Rivera said in a press conference.

Hijos de Rivera opened its Estrella Galicia do Brasil unit in May with the goal of entering the Latin American market.

“We have entered a market with high hopes that has impressive consumption and we are going to try to consolidate ourselves in the premium segment, and we have refocused the company to do this,” Rivera said.

Entering a market like Latin America is “complex” because it has “enormous competition,” the executive said.

Rivera is a great-grandson of Jose Rivera Corral, a Galician emigrant who returned from Mexico and founded a brewery and ice plant in 1906.

Hijos de Rivera’s expansion has led to one of every three liters produced by the company now being sold outside Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain, Rivera said.

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Heroic Hispanic Teacher Killed in Newtown Shooting Laid to Rest

Heroic Hispanic Teacher Killed in Newtown Shooting Laid to Rest

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“She will always be our hero” was the statement on a poster at the entrance of the church on Wednesday at the funeral of Victoria Soto, one of the victims of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, who lost her life saving her students from the assault-rifle rampage of Adam Lanza.

Hundreds of people attended the ceremony to say goodbye to the 27-year-old Puerto Rico-born teacher.

“I hope that Victoria’s life at least serves to get the lawmakers to do something to regulate weapons and prevent something like this from happening again,” her cousin, Rev. Soto, told Efe at the church.

“Faith is the only thing left to us to get through times like these,” he added.

The body of the teacher was brought to the Community of God church accompanied by dozens of police cars and motorcycles, a huge security presence and the music of bagpipers.

Soto’s family members, who have given no statements to the media, were accompanied by hundreds of neighbors and friends who surrounded the church in Stratford, Connecticut, where her parents live, and listened to the funeral service being broadcast from within.

According to what some of her students said, Soto hid them in a closet when she first heard gunfire from within the school, and she went looking for Lanza and told him that the kids from her class were in the gymnasium, whereupon he shot her dead.

The teacher’s sister, Carlee Soto, said that the love she had for her students always showed in her smiling face.

“They always caused her to smile. She loved her students more than anything. She didn’t call them her students. She called them her children,” Carlee said.

Soto had been teaching class at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown for five years after deciding to follow in the footsteps of her aunt, who was also a teacher.

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Body of Venezuelan Model Discovered in Jalisco

Body of Venezuelan Model Discovered in Jalisco

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A Venezuelan model was found dead in Jalisco, a state in western Mexico, nearly a week after she went missing, state prosecutors told Efe Wednesday.

Daisy Yenire Ferrer Arenas’s body was discovered Tuesday in a canal to the east of Guadalajara, Jalisco’s capital, following an anonymous tip, spokesmen for the Jalisco Attorney General’s Office said.

The young woman, aged 25-30 and identified by the Mexican residence card found near her body, bore gunshot wounds to the head.

According to preliminary information gathered by investigators, the model went missing on the night of Dec. 12 and no ransom demand was made prior to the discovery of the corpse.

Some of the young woman’s friends told the state AG’s office that Ferrer Arenas was from Venezuela and worked as a model in Jalisco, although prosecutors have requested more information on her immigration status from the Foreign Relations Secretariat.

The model lived in the city of Zapopan, part of the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

No relatives had claimed the body as of Wednesday morning.

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